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The Connor Mackay Cup 2024

Fundraising for Mental Health Foundation

The Connor Mackay Cup 2024, 11 May 2024

In memory of Connor Mackay

The Connor Mackay Cup is a charity football tournament dedicated to Connor Mackay, who lost his life in 2019 after a long battle with his own mental health, at the age of just 22.

Connor was an incredible young man with the absolute world at his feet. He was a kind, intelligent, talented man (not to mention his witty and sometimes politically incorrect sense of humour!) For anyone that knew Conn, we can all say he truly was a one in a million.

For someone with so much energy and talent, it was such a loss to all of us, especially that his life ended so early and the way it did. Our lives will never be the same again.

Since Connor left us physically, it became very important to us as a family that we try to do whatever we possibly can to ensure that anyone else struggling with their mental health gets the support they need, so that no one ever has to go through the same feelings that Connor once did.

Out of all of Conn’s various hobbies and interests throughout his life, one remained consistent - football - and his love for Barcelona and Lionel Messi! So it felt right that we chose to remember Connor and keep his memory alive through hosting an annual charity football tournament.

Since our first tournament back in 2021, we have raised over £10,000 for mental health and for the Mental Health Foundation - these events also include Tough Mudders, a marathon, charity hair shaves - and this is all because of your kindness in willing to help the cause!

However, building a sense of community and talking about mental health means so much more to us as a family - raising funds for charities is one thing, but actually taking action and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health is so important.

We hope that by hosting this charity football tournament, this will give us all a chance to not only get together to remember Conn, but to also speak up and get talking to each other.

Hope to see you all there. 😊

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health.

With prevention at the heart of what they do, the Mental Health Foundation aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

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